Hand sanitizer may hurt more than it helps

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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In the midst of flu season, plenty of people are packing on the hand sanitizer, but it might not be having the effect they think it will.

Doctors say hand sanitizer removes the top layer of oil from our hands, taking with it some bacteria that cause illnesses.

However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said right now there is no evidence hand sanitizers are any more effective than regular soap and water in helping to prevent the spread of germs.

Researchers also warned overuse may actually reduce the skin's own defenses, and could contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Doctors said you are better off using soap and water because it is less toxic.

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